College of Engineering and Architecture Research Modules

All students entering PhD programmes in UCD College of Engineering and Architecture are required to complete a minimum of 30 credits of taught modules during their programme.

The aim of these taught modules is to enhance the quality of research as well as to provide doctoral candidates with important transferable skills that enhance opportunity for career development. Your School may require or recommend specific modules, but beyond this it is for you, your Principal Supervisor, and Doctoral Studies Panel to decide which modules are most appropriate to your PhD programme. Students may choose from the full range of modules available throughout the University at

To register for modules, please complete a module registration form which is available from your School Office or at This form, approved by your Supervisor and the relevant Module Co-ordinator(s), should be submitted to the Graduate School Office (Room 126, Engineering) where your registration will be completed.

 Please select your School below for specific modules offered or recommended by your School:

As part of the 30 credit taught requirement students are advised to take modules on research methods. Architecture and Landscape Architecture students are advised to take module ARCT40300 Research Methods in Architecture, Conservation, Urban Design and Landscape Design Research (5 credits) while Planning and Environmental Policy students should take PEP40640 Research Design and Methods (5 credits).  In addition to the research methods modules students regularly present at research seminars and Architecture and Landscape Architecture students take the following modules -  ARCT41080 Postgrad Research Seminar 1 (2.5 credits) and ARCT41090 Postgrad Research Seminar 2 (2.5 credits). Planning and Environmental Policy students must also present their research at postgraduate research seminars.


All School of Chemical & Bioprocess Engineering PhD candidates undergo an initial skills audit with their Supervisor. This provides the basis for a planned programme of skills training and development, referred to as the Research and Professional Development Plan (RPDP). The maintenance of the RPDP will be the responsibility of the student, and its content may also be part of the agenda at meetings of the DSP.

The School offers several modules which have been developed for PhD students. In Year 1 students should register for CHEN50010 Research Seminar Series (5 credits). The School also offers a module in Academic Writing (CHEN40500) and one linked to teaching experience within the School, ‘Teaching Assistant in CBE’ (CHEN40490).

Following discussion with their Supervisor, students may register for modules from the taught Masters in Biopharmaceutical Engineering or Chemical Engineering. Students may register for final-year undergraduate BE (Chem & Bioprocess Eng) programme run by the School or any other Schools in the University.